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  • 1. Visual Projects for Introductory Cultural Anthropology Courses
    Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D.
    Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
    March 18, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
  • 2. PhotographyProjects
    • Photo Observation
    • 3. Photo Inventory
    • 4. Photo Interview
    • 5. Photo Social Interaction
  • PresentationBasics
    Select 10 Photographs and Label each with thick (detailed) descriptions. Present either as a:
    • Power Point Show
    • 6. Posted on Slideshare.net
    • 7. Burned onto a CD/DVD
    • 8. Mounted prints
    • 9. On a Poster Board
    • 10. In an Album
  • Photo Observation
    • Attend an event in which it would be acceptable to photograph strangers
    • 11. Come with the eyes and ears of an anthropologist
    • 12. Make note of everything the “natives” do
    • 13. Go alone, be the guest of a key informant or attend with a co-researcher
  • PossiblePhoto Observation Venues:
     
  • Photo ObservationPresentation
    • Titlename of project [be creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
    • 30. Select 10 photosthat reveal cultural activities, how space is used, dress, ritual behaviors, cultural rules
    • 31. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the needs this culture satisfies as well as how they are satisfied. Describe the ways the cultural practices are effective.
  • Photo Inventory
    • Find a location in which the material objects present tell us important cultural information about the people who use this space.
     
    • You may seek the guidance of one or more of the users of this space to explain what everything is and how items are used
    • 32. Photograph an overview of the space as well as detail shots from angles that reveal how the space is engaged.
  • Possible Photo Inventory Spaces
  • Photo InventoryPresentation
    • Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
    • 40. Select 10 photos that reveal the unique qualities of this space, how it is used, decorated and arranged.  Think especially about the cultural rules and behaviors that dictate how the space is engaged.
    • 41. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the cultural needs this space satisfies.
     
  • 42. Photo Interview
    • Create a photo profile of someone who interests you
    • 43. Consider picking someone who is culturally different from yourself.
     
    • Think about groups that you have little or no interaction with or knowledge about and that you are curious to learn more about.  
    • 44. Try to choose someone who is different from you in multiple dimensions of diversity (i.e., race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, social class, religion, primary language, etc.).
  • Photo InterviewProcess
    • With your subject’s permission shoot a series of photographs that you and they think reveal who they are and how they live.  They may want to change costumes and show you who they are in different settings that they inhabit.  (You may choose to focus on one aspect of their cultural world…and just photograph that.)
    • 45. Print out the best photos and return to have them reflect on what they say.  Have them write out their responses…
    • 46. Prepare a presentation that incorporates their comments on who they are, what their cultural practices mean to them as well as your anthropological view of their world(s).
     
  • 47. Photo InterviewPresentation
    • Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
     
    • Select 10 photos that best reveal the uniqueness of the subject you chose.
     
    • Use detailed descriptions plus your subject’s commentaries to tell us what is culturally unique about your subject.
  • Photo SocialInteraction
    • Record people engaging in an activity.  
    • 48. Photograph people in relationship to each other
    • 49. The activity may reveal differences in status, role and gender.
      
    • Your series of photographs should reveal stages in the interaction as in a sale, a conversation, a dance or a process.
  • PossibleVenues for Social Interactions
  • Photo Social InteractionPresentation
    • Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
     
    • Select 10 photosthat reveal stages in a social interaction with particular consideration to how space is used and how cultural objects are engaged
    • 57. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the cultural rules of engagement of your subjects and their cultural objects.

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